Ndamukong Suh was once again accused of playing dirty in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, and he once again does not seem to care.
When Suh was informed that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount called him a “dirty player” who is disliked by some of his own teammates, the star defensive lineman didn’t have a whole lot to say.
“Guys are just children sometimes, but at the end of the day you take care of your business and continue to play as I did,” Suh said, per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
Blount was upset after he was flagged for retaliating against Suh, who had shoved Blount as he was getting up off the ground.
“There’s not many guys in this league like that guy,” Blount said. “He’s a dirty player. He’s always been a dirty player. There’s no room in the game for that. At some point in time, guys have to defend themselves when he’s doing the things that he does.”
Earlier in the game, Suh flattened a Patriots offensive lineman after he jumped offsides. You can see a video of that play here.
Of course, none of this is a revelation. Suh is known for throwing cheap shots at opponents, and he never apologizes for his actions. You could argue that his style of play gives him an edge, but he crosses the line far too often. Blount is only the latest to call Suh out over it.
Ndamukong Suh was apparently up to some of his old tricks on Sunday, and New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount lambasted the star defensive lineman for it after the game.
Following the Patriots’ 35-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, Blount was asked about a minor scuffle he got into with Suh. Blount was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for retaliating when Suh shoved him as Blount was getting up off the ground.
LeGarrette Blount went off on Ndamukong Suh being a dirty player to WBZ after the game: pic.twitter.com/wpM3550lPx
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 1, 2017
Earlier in the game, Suh threw a cheap shot at a Patriots offensive lineman when he jumped offsides.
Ndamukong Suh doing Ndamukong Suh type of things as usual. pic.twitter.com/z46oZyXXwq
— Chad Amaral (@chad_amaral) January 1, 2017
This isn’t the first time Suh has been accused of playing dirty, and it likely won’t be the last. He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt because he has blatantly stomped on opponents on numerous occasions and even kicked one opposing quarterback in the groin. Blount’s assessment was pretty accurate.
The Los Angeles Rams had no chance of beating the New England Patriots on Sunday with or without Jeff Fisher being more familiar with his opponent, but that didn’t stop LeGarrette Blount from rubbing Fisher’s nose in it.
After he carried the ball 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 26-10 win, Blount took a swipe at Fisher over the coach not knowing the personnel in New England’s backfield.
“He already knew my name,” Blount said, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I think he knows James (White) and Dion (Lewis) now for sure, though.”
During the week leading up to the game, Fisher praised Blount and spoke about how he signed him as an undrafted free agent back when Fisher was still coaching the Tennessee Titans. For that reason, Fisher is familiar with Blount. However, the Rams coach mentioned two people named Danny and Brandon when speaking about the rest of the Patriots’ running backs. Who the heck are they?
Danny Amendola is a wide receiver, though the Rams insist he was one of the people Fisher was referring to. Brandon Bolden is primarily a special teamer who has just one carry on the season. Most people think Fisher was referring to Danny Woodhead, who played for the Patriots four years ago and did his part to mock Fisher with this tweet.
Better luck next time, coach.
The NFL will have another reason to examine the play of Vontaze Burfict in Cincinnati’s game against New England on Sunday.
In addition to committing a low hit against Pats tight end Martellus Bennett, another dirty play by Burfict is being examined. In this one, the Bengals linebacker was seen stepping on LeGarrette Blount after a touchdown:
Video: From coaches film (courtesy NFL), watch Vontaze Burfict (55) deliberately step on Blount's leg after TD. pic.twitter.com/wtTPqy3XHP
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2016
Burfict has long been viewed as a dirty player, and this is exactly why. The man seems to deliberately inflict pain on his opponents beyond what is reasonable for plays on the field. Here’s a look at his hit on Bennett, for which he apologized.
Brace yourselves for more Blount Force Trauma in New England in 2016.
According to a report by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald on Tuesday, the Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount.
LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots this morning. He's back.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 12, 2016
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com added that the agreement is for a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.
The #Patriots signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth up to $2M, source said. ($1M in base salary & bonuses, $1M in incentives)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2016
A bruising power runner, the 29-year-old Blount rushed for 703 yards and six touchdowns before going down with a hip injury in December. Rapoport reported last month that Blount was fully healthy, which could mean that he will be in line for a bigger role in the Pats’ backfield next season given the uncertainty surrounding starter Dion Lewis’ recovery from a torn ACL.
Blount will still have to contend for touches with the likes of James White and Brandon Bolden. But his versatility to take on either lead or change-of-pace duties where necessary should make his return worthwhile for the Patriots.
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will reportedly miss the remainder of the season after suffering a hip injury during Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans.
Source tells me LeGarrette Blount is done for year with hip injury.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) December 15, 2015
Blount left the game in the first half and was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. However, he was spotted walking around on Tuesday with the help of crutches. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Patriots are still trying to determine if Blount will be able to play in the postseason.
Pats still gathering info on LeGarrette Blount. It may still be possible he could be back at some point in playoffs. Timetable still unclear
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 15, 2015
Losing Blount is another significant blow to a New England offense that has dealt with numerous injuries throughout the course of the season. Dion Lewis, who had emerged as the Patriots’ best backfield player, is already done for the year with a torn ACL. Julian Edelman is likely out until the playoffs. Fortunately the Patriots got Rob Gronkowski back after just one week without him.
The Patriots are left incredibly thin at running back and without their best power runner. Brandon Bolden and James White, who have just 51 rushing attempts between them this season, will likely carry the load down the stretch.
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount left Sunday’s game against the Texans with a hip injury, and it could be more serious than it initially looked.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Blount was spotted walking around on crutches at the team facility on Tuesday. The veteran was injured during the second quarter of his team’s win over Houston and later walked to the locker room under his own power.
Reiss’ co-worker Ed Werder added that he has been told Blount could miss some time.
I've been told LeGarrette Blount could miss some time but nothing definitive yet https://t.co/CoLaakfxOM
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) December 15, 2015
The Patriots control their own destiny for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a one-game lead over the 10-3 Bengals and 10-3 Broncos, who still have to play each other. However, New England is already very thin at running back with Dion Lewis having gone down earlier in the year with a torn ACL. James White has just 16 rushing attempts this season and Brandon Bolden has carried the ball 35 times.
Blount was crucial to the Patriots’ success in the postseason last year en route to a championship, so they will want him back as quickly as possible with just three weeks remaining in the regular season.